Kamaru Usman Upholds Burns and Tweets His Respect for Him After UFC 258.

Published 02/16/2021, 1:13 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 13: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria reacts after his victory over Gilbert Burns of Brazil in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 258 event at UFC APEX on February 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC 258 Usman vs Burns took place on Saturday, February 13th, at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. In the major event, we had former teammates who collided with each other when champion Kamaru Usman looked to continue his dominance in the welterweight division by ending the momentum of Gilbert Burns.

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Never did Burns expect this loss, considering how he started the fight guns blazing. Burns wanted the welterweight title so badly that he was ready to go against his own coach, who stood by him for 8 years.

Kamaru and Burns got emotional right after the fight as it was not just another fight for them. They both cared for each other and have known one another for a long time. Kamaru tweeted out his respect for Burns and upheld him even after his loss.

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Burns is a heavy-handed, highly decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and 4-0 since returning to the welterweight division and has turned into a well-balanced fighter, but that changed after he fought Kamaru as he made a few mistakes that cost him the welterweight title.

What’s next for Burns

Burns stepped into MMA in a bid to record his professional debut in 2012. Later he made his UFC debut in 2014 against Andreas Stahl, and Burns won the fight with a unanimous decision.

Over the years, Burns has improved and has an impressive win streak. He was not just a fighter; he was an expert grappler. He could take down any fighter with his skills.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 29: Gilbert Burns of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on May 29, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Burns is still a young talent and he will continue to mature and he will eventually become a massive headache for most welterweight fighters.

Burns is looking forward to continuing and fighting harder to get back into the top echelon of the 170lbs division. Who do you think he should fight next?

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Joel John is an MMA author at EssentiallySports and is based in Bangalore. His love for UFC started after Khabib Nurmagomedov entered the promotion and took down some legends. He is also a die-hard fan of Lewis Hamilton.

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